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Parkside at 6th and San Jacinto - Did someone drop the salt shaker in my food?

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Parkside at 6th and San Jacinto - Did someone drop the salt shaker in my food?

chilaquila | Jun 16, 2008 11:33 AM

So I was psyched to try the new and well reviewed Parkside on 6th. I was apprehensive about the location, I mean its right on 6th, there was a biker show and lots of noise, people, leather, co2.... But I get there with my dining companion, and it looks pretty chic. The "distressed walls" were a bit obnoxious but I get it. They want to make sure we understand the chef did time in New York or whatever. Because that means he knows what he's doing right?.... And I'm sure he does. The menu was impressive if a little confusing, It was separated into two; of the day and I guess their regular menu, the things they always make. We were told by our amazing waiter that everything was a la carte. So sides were separate and all that. We ordered the Amberjack with pineapple, the Scallops, asparagus, artichokes and mushrooms. There was so much salt in the food. I mean my fish tasted like salt, so did the mushrooms and the scallops. The artichokes were slightly overcooked, the bread they came with was sopping wet from whatever the broth was these artichokes were sitting in. All in all it just wasn't great. I've had better fish at the Central Market cafe. We ordered dessert because we thought the restaurant could still redeem itself one last time. The waiter told us about the donut holes, we ordered them. They were donut holes alright, nothing special. There were 4 or five in a brown paper bag and tasted like any donut I've ever had, they were hot, perhaps that's a good thing. They came with dipping sauces that weren't spectacular, the bourbon sauce did not taste like bourbon, it tasted like sugary goo. But to redeem something from our experience, the menu was impressive, I wish I would have ordered something from the Raw Bar, or maybe not, and they had a great wine list that they were willing to sell by the half bottle, they poured half a bottle of whatever was ordered into a carafe. That's pretty great. So perhaps this place needs time to settle into their location, the cooks need time to settle into the kitchen, etc. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else had a salty experience, or if I just happened to come on an off night. Oh and the bill with tip came to 127 for two. an expensive salt lick for two.

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